Who will lead the Federal Knowledge Management Initiative?
• Transforming government from its current state to a collaborative and
knowledge sharing culture requires a coalition of government leaders and
managers who are committed to driving this change.
– For the coalition to succeed it must have the following characteristics:
• It must be comprised of the right people
– It is necessary to have Presidential and senior administration buy-in and support.
» The administration must lead the rest of government by articulating the KM vision, and
promoting the KM transformation imperative as the way ahead for government efficiency,
effectiveness, and innovation.
– Membership must be across the entire spectrum of governmental Departments and organizations.
» The coalition’s membership must have strong position power, broad expertise and diversity,
and high credibility within their sphere of influence.
» These KM champions need to have the clout to drive the change, tout the vision, and
empower others who can develop plans and tactics to operationalize the KM vision.
• The members must trust each other and work well together
• The members must be anchored in a commitment to excellence and a real desire to see
• Next Steps
– Create a process to identify potential coalition members.
• Create a KMWG search committee to identify, vet, and recruit potential coalition members.
– The committee will create the charter, rules, and procedures for coalition member identification,
vetting, and recruiting, and then develop a list of potential candidates across the government.
– Special attention will be needed to be given on how best to approach the White House and senior
administration officials in an effort to seek their support and sponsorship.
Art Schlussel FKMWG Change Management Action Group 3/16/2009